(Talk of the Town photos by Jennifer Zartman Romano) A large group of Columbia City police officers, joined by their family members, supporters and several city officials, participated in a recognition ceremony today in city hall. Above, Captain Tony Hively talks to those in attendance about the important work officers completed in the past year.
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
The Columbia City Police Department, this afternoon, recognized several of the force's officers with awards for outstanding service in the line of duty over the past year. The awards ceremony is held annual and today's awards were presented by Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh and Captain Tony Hively.
Above, master patrolman Shad Hunter was recognized with a lifesaving medal for his role in saving the life of a woman who was found hanging in February. Hunter arrived at the scene and found the woman quickly, and assisted in her rescue. Hunter, at far left, was also the recipient of an official letter of commendation for his proactive initiative to deter bank robberies in Columbia City. Hunter has spent time in recent weeks meeting with local banks and helping bank staff review ways to reduce the likelihood they may be robbed.
Master patrolman Tim Pittenger was awarded a patrolman's medal for his role in removing an illegally held, stolen handgun from a group of juveniles. Pittenger and his K9 officer, Stryker, were also recognized with a letter of commendation for apprehending individuals involved in several thefts from cars and buildings at Eagle Glen.
Master patrolman Michael Petersen, above at left, was presented with a patrolman's medal for his role in a recent traffic stop involving an intoxicated individual that resulted in removing an illegally possessed handgun.
Master patrolman Scott Leatherman, above at left, was awarded a patrolman's medal for securing 159 bundles of KHAT, an illegal hallucinogenic drug, while performing a traffic stop on US 30.
Master patrolman Gary Parrett was awarded a letter of commendation for his role in discovering a percursor to a meth lab.
Master patrolman Thor Hodges was presented with a letter of commendation for apprehending several juveniles involved in a series of breaking and entering incidents on Camden Drive.
Master patrolman Jeff Chapman was awarded a letter of commendation for his efforts in providing public relation service to the community. Chapman found a lost child at the Whitley County Fall Festival, a child with a great fear of police officers, and managed to alleviate the child's fears and reunited the child with it's parents.
From left above, CCPD award recipients included Scott Leatherman, Tim Pittenger, Gary Parrett, Jeff Chapman, Michael Petersen, Shad Hunter and Thor Hodges.